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Citrus Heights News Briefs: House fire, award, Daniels, GSK update

Citrus Heights Police Officer Dave Moranz, center, flanked by Lt. Dave Gutierrez, left, and Sgt. Chris Frey, right. // Image credit: CHPD

Latest local news briefs include Councilman Bret Daniels responding publicly to his being censured, a Citrus Heights police officer being awarded for making 30 DUI arrests, an early morning fire destroying a home, and latest news reports on the Golden State Killer suspect.

Citrus Heights Police officer awarded for making 30 DUI arrests
On Thursday, Citrus Heights police tweeted a photo of Officer Dave Moranz holding an award, after he was recognized during a June 13 annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving Northern California law enforcement recognition luncheon “for his outstanding contribution to help stop the crime of DUI.” Police said the officer had made 30 DUI arrests in 2017. As previously reported on The Sentinel, Officer Moranz also won the award for making 66 DUI arrests in 2016.

Daniels: ‘My wife and my God know the truth’
During a time for council comments at a city council meeting on Thursday, Citrus Heights Councilman Bret Daniels said he wanted to thank the “literally hundreds of people” who had contacted him about the council’s decision to censure him. He said some had “expressed some concern” about him, to which he replied, “I want you to know that everything’s fine. My wife and my God know the truth and that’s what’s most important.”

An in-depth article in the Sacramento News & Review published on Thursday covered additional details about Daniels’ past, including him reportedly being fired from an off-duty security job at Sunrise Mall in 1995 for “inappropriate behavior toward female employees,” according to SN&R. Daniels is also quoted in the paper saying that council members who voted to censure him “can kiss my ass.”

Golden State Killer suspect continues to make headlines
News around the state and nation continues to be published about Joseph DeAngelo, the Citrus Heights resident who was arrested in April on suspicion of being responsible for at least 50 rapes and more than a dozen murders in the 1970s to 80s. Here’s a compilation of the latest headlines:

Fire destroys Citrus Heights home, displaces two
CBS 13 reported that an early morning fire destroyed a home on Conover Way, near Old Auburn Road, on Friday. The blaze occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, with neighbors reporting flames coming from the garage and the renter arriving to find the home “engulfed in flames.”

According to the TV news report, no one was home at the time of the fire, but a pet rabbit living inside the home reportedly survived. Police told CBS that the home was a total loss. (See CBS 13 video)

More briefly:

  • Stones. A “Community Appreciation” with free BBQ, live music and $1 beer samples was hosted by Stones outside the casino. (See photos)
  • Missing person. A missing man who had left his residence in Citrus Heights around 2 p.m. on June 13 was found safely later that evening, police said. (See tweet)
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